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The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has decided that this is a good time to release water down the San Joaquin River to restore salmon.

Feb 16, 2016

From the State Water Resources Control Board:

With California still experiencing severe drought despite recent rains, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) today (Feb 3) adopted an extended and revised emergency regulation to ensure that urban water conservation continues in 2016.

“After four years of extreme drought, there is still a need for Californians to keep up their stellar conservation practices,” said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. 

The action follows Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Nov. 13, 2015, Executive Order directing the State Water Board to extend the emergency water conservation regulation should drought conditions persist through January 2016.


So the Governor and the State Water Resources Control Board want Californians to continue to conserve their water, but apparently won't ask the same of environmental water use.  

And as the El Nino Storms have taken a timeout and worries about a continued drought resurface, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has decided that this is a good time to release water down the San Joaquin River to restore salmon.  

Beginning yesterday the Bureau began the release of 2,380 acre feet of water from Millerton Lake that will not bring salmon back to the river, but rather will "help biologists study the best way to capture and transport juvenile Chinook salmon."  It's just another study.


Maybe it's just us, but we think this water would be better used elsewhere.

Despite Drought, Government To Release Water For San Joaquin River Restoration

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